This year I’m starting the year right by highlighting some of the best writing blogs on the web. I love to visit blogs about writing for inspiration, encouragement and motivation, and it’s with those three qualities in mind that I have compiled this list of the top 100 writing blogs for 2016.
You might be a creative writer looking to improve your skills or a beginner novelist looking to pen your first book, or you might be a blogger wondering how to make more money from your blog or turn it into a full-time business. Whatever type of writer you are, the Internet has some great writing blogs that provide advice, tips, tricks and inspiration to help you. This post takes a look at top 100 writing blogs for bloggers and authors.
Top 100 Writing Blogs ordered by popularity
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About Author - 3-time Winner of Write to Done's Top 10 Blogs on Writing. I am a writer who helps other writers and creative individuals find their passion and share it with the world. I do this through my award-winning blog, books I wrote, speeches I deliver, and online courses I teach.
About Blog - The Write Practice is here to kick-start your practice. You have to write millions of words no one is ever going to see before you can write the ones that will change someone’s life.
Fifteen minutes a day, six times a week, you will practice writing like Hemingway, James Joyce, Malcolm Gladwell, and many others. As you imitate their voices, you’ll grow into yours. And you’ll be on your way not just to publishing, but to publishing something people will actually want to read.
About Author - Dedicated to helping you get more traffic to your blog or website, BoostBlogTraffic.com is the online magazine of Jon Morrow, one of the web's leading authorities on blogging and writing. Once a week, Boost Blog Traffic publishes fresh content from talented writers who know how to play the blogging game to win.
#4: Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M. Weiland
About Author -Award-winning and internationally published author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. Writes speculative and historical fic.
#5: Live Write Thrive by C. S. Lakin
About Blog - An award-winning blog that provides deep instruction, marketing tips, and advice for writers who are writing for life.
Blog address - http://www.writers-village.org/writing-award-blog.php + Subscribe
About Blog -Welcome to the home of writing award ideas and practical advice for story contest success.
About Blog -Practical help for hungry writers -- 700+ useful posts for freelance writers looking to break in, move up, and earn more. Blogs mission is to help freelance writers make more money. To help writers find better-paying markets and avoid crazy-low rates. Writers of the world unite!
#8: Write to Done
About Blog -Write to Done offers unmissable articles on writing and is about learning to write better. Mary Jaksch is the Editor-in-Chief. Whether you write non-fiction, novels, blog posts, or sales pages – you will find inspiration and tips here at Write to Done.
#9: Jody Hedlund
About Author -Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and best-selling author of inspirational historical romances.
#10: The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn
About Blog - You will find resources to help you write, publish and market your book
About Author -New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 Creative Professionals 2013. Also voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers and one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers.
#11: Writers In The Storm
About Author & the Blog - We are a group of seasoned writers. We write in different genres and bring unique perspectives and strengths to the table. Along the way, we’ve discovered that there’s more to life than writing, and sometimes life can be the richest story of all.
We chose Writers in the Storm as the name of this blog because every writer must weather the storm within: self doubt, rejection, deadlines and balancing our writing passion with everyday life. Not to mention the storm raging outside – the paradigm shift in the publishing industry.
About Author -Author of THE MONSTORE (2013), I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK (2015), NORMAL NORMAN (2015) and LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD (2015)...plus many more to come!
#13: Writer Unboxed
About Author -Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between aspiring novelists Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton in January, 2006. Also includes contributors from all walks–from the not-yet-published to bestselling authors and industry leaders–and that it’s grown into such a rich community for writers.
#14: Writers Write
About Blog -Our motto at Writers Write is Write to communicate. We help you harness the power of words. We offer practical, inspiring courses in business and creative writing.
#15: Terrible Minds by Chuck Wendig
About Author - Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.
#16: Better Novel Project by Christine Frazier
About Blog - Better Novel Project is all about deconstructing bestsellers, discovering what elements they have in common, and using those elements to create a versatile story structure. We believe research is more effective when it is fun, so each post is hand-illustrated with a doodle or infographic.
About Author -Writer. Joyous Outliner. Compulsive Doodler. Obsessed with patterns and their creative application.
#17: Dani Shapiro
About Author -Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”
#18: Jane Friedman
About Author -I have more than 15 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship.
#19: The Write Life
About Blog -We help writers create, connect and earn, so you can succeed in today's digital world.
#20: Lauren Sapala
About Blog -This blog is meant to nourish, heal, spark, and empower your creative flame.
About Author - I help writers who are having trouble finding their voice and writers who have no idea how to get through writing their sloppy first draft. I help writers who have already written the sloppy first draft but now need feedback as they rewrite, revise, and polish the manuscript to the best of their ability.
#21: The Writers Alley
About Blog -An encouraging blog for readers and aspiring writers. A special place where writers grow, inspiration overflows, the coffee is always hot and the friendships are sweet.
About Authors -We're a group of Aspiring Authors walking up the streets, alleys, and sidewalks toward publication. Come along and join the trip. We may not know which path we'll travel, but we know our hopeful destination - Glorifying God through our writing (and hopefully publication 😉
#22: The Renegade Writer
About Blog -A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success.
#23: Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
About Blog -Every week or so, Debbie Ridpath Ohi shares new art, writing and resources for those who read, write and illustrate books for young people
#24: Kidlit 411
About Blog - Your one stop information shop for children's writers and illustrators. Our goal is to organize relevant information about writing and illustrating for children in one handy spot, right here.
#25: Pen and Prosper by Jennifer Brown Banks
About Blog - A Blog designed with you in mind. Whether you're a new writer seeking to learn the ropes, or a vet in search of ideas for a more lucrative career, you'll find needed resources here. Pen and Prosper is devoted to supporting and advancing you in your creative journey. You're in the "write" place.
#26: A Writer's Bucket List
Blog address - http://www.writersbucketlist.com/blog/
About Blog - To get writers like you to stop dreaming and start writing.
#27: The Procrastiwriter by Shanan
About Blog - The Procrastiwriter is about how to fit your writing life in around a full-time life. It can be done, or so I’m told. Read on to find out if it’s true.
About Author - My name is Shanan, and I’m a writer with a problem. I do more procrastinating than writing, more “research” than writing, more brainstorming than writing and finally, more agonizing over the fact that I haven’t written anything than – you guessed it – actually writing. The Procrastiwriter is about procrastinating while writing, and how to be a successful writer around a full-time life.
#28: The Write Conversation by Edie Melson
About Author -Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. In keeping up with the leading edge of al things digital, Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in.
#29: The Kill Zone
About Blog -The Kill Zone is the home of 11 top suspense writers and publishing professionals. We cover the publishing biz, marketing how-to’s, and the craft of writing. Each day, we’ll open the doorway into the world of the working writer.
#30: Writers and Authors
About Blog -The aim of the site is to provide a one stop place for people in the writing industry to learn, promote and network. It's not just a website, but a community where members of the industry can support each other and their projects whilst building their careers.
About Author -My name is Jo Linsdell and I'm an award winning, international best selling author and illustrator, and recognized marketing expert.
#31: Writer's Digest
About Blog -Our charter publication Writer’s Digest literally “wrote the book” on writing and getting published. For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.
Blog address - http://theworldsgreatestbook.com/
About Author -I’m Dave Bricker,transparent-charMFA: author, editor, graphic designer, interactive developer, and design educator. I help writers turn well-crafted manuscripts into beautiful, high-quality books. My website offers straight talk for writers about producing and marketing excellent books, eBook technology, book design, typography, writing, literacy, and the publishing business.
#33: Romance University
About Blog -Dedicated to helping writers establish and advance their careers, introducing readers to a variety of authors, and delving into the ever-inscrutable male mind.
#34: The Book Designer
About Blog -Practical advice to help build better books
About Blog -A collection of unique resources devoted to descriptive writing. For authors, students, screenplay writers, and anyone else looking for help in this area.
#36: Kristen Lamb’s Blog
About Author -Kristen Lamb is the author of the #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.
Kristen has guided writers of all levels, from unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish, how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand. Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base.
#37: The Book Ninja
About Blog -Learn how to get published under your own label, effectively market your book, increase your credibility and boost book sales!
About Blog -At Books & Such, we help authors to build careers. From the smallest detail of the next book idea, to the big picture of the writer’s lifelong dreams, we work strategically to help each author reach his or her writing and publishing goals.
#39: Go Teen Writers
About Blog -A community for all teens who enjoy writing and aspire to be better at it. Site by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson.
#40: LittleZotz Writing
About Blog -Writing for businesses. Advice for writes
#41: All Indie Writers
About Blog -All Indie Writers is a resource and community for freelance writers, indie publishers, and independent bloggers looking to build a successful writing career.
The site is owned by professional blogger, freelance business writer and author, Jennifer Mattern.
About Blog -Sophie Lizard and other fantastic writers behind Be a Freelance Blogger are making their second consecutive appearance on this list. They share useful resources, valuable tips and guest posting opportunities for bloggers looking to earn a living from writing. If you need advice that’s tailored to your specific situation, or if you’d like to connect with like-minded bloggers, check out the BAFB community — it’s completely free.
About Blog -Founded by Brian Clark in 1998, this epic content marketing and blogging resource is a one-stop shop for bloggers looking to increase traffic, build a large community, sell products and gain exposure. Spend a few hours digging through their archives and you’ll be amazed at the number of takeaways you can immediately apply to your copy and business.
About Blog -Problogger is the go-to resource for online entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to make a living from their craft. Darren Rowse’s site is a wealth of resources, from its popular job board to workbooks, ebooks and programs to help make your blog a success.
#45: The Smart Passive Income Blog
Blog address - http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ + Subscribe
About Blog -Along with the valuable blog posts that help you create a successful blog and business, you’ll find an extensive podcast library and a new series called Ask Pat.
About Blog -Curated by Jon Winokur, this site collects quotes from past and present writers, in the form of a Quote of the Day post and daily email. If you’re in need of inspiration, motivation or new ideas, these daily bursts of creativity can give you just that.
#47: Christina Katz
About Blog -Christina Katz teaches writers to become successful at their craft through training and classes. From freelancers looking for a nudge to pitch new markets to new authors preparing to self-publish, many types of writers find helpful advice on this site.
#48: Daily Writing Tips
About Blog -If you need daily inspiration and writing tips, look no further than this site, which features articles on everything writing-related, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage and vocabulary.
About Blog -Mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig shares advice on writing, character development, productivity and other details around the writing life. She also compiles a weekly list of writing articles that many writers find immensely helpful.
#50: Erika Napoletano
About Blog -If you need a kick in the butt to overcome writer’s block or get unstuck with your writing business, you need to read this blog. Erika Napoletano offers advice that’s anything but ordinary (and usually NSFW [not safe for work]). You’ll cringe at being called out on chickening out as a writer, but you’ll laugh at the way she does it and feel motivated to step up your game.
About Blog -Fantasy and science fiction author and editor Philip Athans shares his experience through witty, informative, entertaining and inspiring posts. Whether he’s decoding the legal page of a print book or analyzing word choice, his posts will make you think about your work in a different way.
#52: Fiction University
About Blog -Instead of sharing advice about what writers should be doing, author Janice Hardy explains how to apply the industry’s advice to your work, including tips on how to plan, write, edit and publish a novel. She also pulls back the curtain on how other successful authors and writers manage their creative processes.
#53: Grammar Girl
About Blog -With Grammar Girl by your side, you can boost your writing and grammar confidence. Each article and podcast episode is an adventure into the world of the English language, and you’ll likely be able to find any advice you need in the archives or most popular tips categories.
#54: It Starts With
About Blog -Sarah Peck combines her passion for technology, storytelling and creative design with her background in psychology to share a unique perspective on writing. If you’re looking to successfully mesh your multiple passions, better communicate your story and connect with your readers, it’s time to check out this blog.
#55: Jami Gold
About Blog -Paranormal author Jami Gold breaks down the challenges of writing, plotting and character development until they’re easy to understand and overcome. She also offers great worksheets for plot planning, story development, scene strengthening and more.
#56: Positive Writer
About Blog -Many writers struggle to carve out time to work. Bryan Hutchinson tackles this challenge head-on in posts on Positive Writer. He believes you should stop seeking approval from others, and offers advice on overcoming doubt and fears as a writer.
#57: Susan Dennard
About Blog -Susan Dennard covers a wide variety of writing-related topics on her blog, with practical solutions and tips for all writers. She offers more great advice in her newsletter.
About Blog -A bi-monthly podcast devoted mostly to speculative fiction books, reviews and the odd bit of idle gossip. Hosted by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.
About Blog -Shannon Hernandez spent 15 years as a teacher and now empowers other writers to find their voice in a noisy world. Whether you need memoir coaching, copywriting help, publishing advice or all of the above, her site is a full of high-quality information.
#60: Alexis Grant
About Blog -Writers are not just creatives; they’re also business owners who also have to pay the bills. Along with great advice for freelancers and writers, Alexis Grant also offers several guides, ebooks and courses that help you manage the business side of writing.
#61: Men With Pens
About Blog -Since 2006, James Chartrand’s Men with Pens has helped writers, bloggers and businesses create engaging copy and market their writing to thousands of readers. If you want to achieve better results with your writing and earn more money as a freelance writer, check out the extensive archives.
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#63: Untamed Writing
About Blog -This blog helps writers develop their skills, pitch new clients with confidence and do great work.
About Blog -If you’re serious about making a living as a writer, this site will give you the information and resources you need. You’ll find a wealth of original articles about being a writer, marketing your craft, and the business of writing archives. The site has been around for more than a decade, and writers keep going back.
#65: Funds for Writers
About Blog -If you’re serious about making a living as a freelance writer, you’ll be excited about C. Hope Clark’s goldmine of resources. She offers information on upcoming contests, freelance writing jobs, connections to publishers, and everything else you need to make money as a writer.
#66: My Freelance Life
About Blog -My Freelance Life is a spot for freelancers and other small business owners to learn more about what it takes to have a successful business through topics such as social media, marketing and blogging.
#67: Productive Writers
About Blog -John Soares has been a full-time freelance writer since 1994. On Productive Writers, he shares ideas for freelance writers about working smarter, not harder — and landed higher-paying gigs. He focuses on earning a living without working around the clock.
About Blog -Contently’s goal with The Freelancer is to help freelancers navigate what can be a confusing business. While it’s not solely focused on writing — photographers, designers and other freelancers will also value this information — the advice on negotiating rates, managing contracts and pitching clients is practical and actionable.
About Blog -Living outside the U.S. sometimes means managing your freelance career differently than a stateside writer. Mridu Khullar Relph shares tips and strategies learned from her years of experience as a full-time journalist based in London, U.K., and New Delhi, India, making her blog an attractive destination for international writers.
About Blog -Whether you like it or not, you’ll eventually have to deal with the business side of writing, and The Middle Finger Project is hell-bent on helping you. While creator Ash Ambirge originally focused on creative copywriting and marketing, the site has branched out to include tips for dealing with tough clients and getting paid what you deserve. At times the advice is NSFW (not safe for work), but it’s also fresh, entertaining and motivating.
#71: Writers in Charge
About Blog -If you’re ready to start a career as a freelance writer, Writers in Charge is the site for you. Creator Bamidele Onibalusi shares resources to help you take control of your income, make more money and successfully navigate the freelance world.
#72: Writing Thoughts
About Blog -Freelance writer Laura Spencer doesn’t update her blog often, but each post offers gems of inspiration and information. With more than 24 years of writing experience — 13 of them as a freelancer — she shares proven advice on running a freelance business, soliciting feedback and working with clients.
#73: Bent on Books
About Blog -The Bent Agency looks to turn new and aspiring authors into bestsellers. If you’re interested in traditional publishing, Jenny Bent’s blog could help you launch your publishing career and turn your dream of being a published author into reality.
#74: Literary Rambles
About Blog -Created in 2008 by Casey McCormick and Natalie Aguirre, Literary Rambles covers topics related to children’s books, literary agents and publishing. The interviews and comprehensive profiles of industry experts give writers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to write a novel and become a published author.
About Blog -As a published author and former literary agent, Nathan Bransford gives readers an insider’s look into what literary agents do, how to go about finding one, and tips for writing a good query letter. Whether you’re a newbie author or an experienced veteran, you’re sure to learn something new about the publishing industry.
#76: Rachelle Gardner
About Blog -Rachelle Gardner’s blog is one of the most popular literary agent resources for a reason: she’s passionate about working with writers and stays updated on what’s happening on both sides of the desk. You’ll find advice about partnering with an agent who’s a good fit for you, what to include in your book proposal, writing a query letter, how book royalties work and more.
About Blog -Kristi Hines is a blogging powerhouse, and her site documents her marketing strategies, guest blogging methods and social media tips for writers and professional bloggers. She also discusses the best digital tools for publishing, productivity and content marketing.
#78: The Story of Telling
About Blog -Marketing does not come easily for many writers, but selling your work is all part of making a living as a writer. Bernadette Jiwa is a bestselling business author who shares how to create meaningful work, embrace marketing and tell your best story.
#79: Writing Happiness
Blog address - http://writinghappiness.com/blog/
About Blog -To sell books, novels and products, you have to build a readership of loyal followers, and that’s where Marya comes in. She’s in her fourth year of business and shares her personal experiences, tips and ideas for gaining blog subscribers who become buyers.
About Blog -Author Joe Konrath has published 24 novels and sold millions of books, giving him the experience to create a must-read blog. If you write mysteries, thrillers, horror or sci-fi, you’ll find a ton of helpful advice for writing, editing and publishing your novel.
#81: Blots & Plots
About Blog -Jenny Bravo, founder of Blots & Plots, focuses on writers and their stories. Through her personal anecdotes and writing advice, you’ll find encouraging ways to bring your story to life and publish your work.
#82: Dean Wesley Smith
About Blog -A professional writer for more than 40 years, Dean Wesley Smith has published independently and traditionally. In addition to the valuable editing, craft and productivity advice in his blog posts, make sure to read the comments — they often offer even more helpful information.
#83: Diversity in YA
About Blog -Authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon founded Diversity in YA to celebrate young adult books about diverse characters and subject matter and “to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream.” Read their posts for conversational, nuanced takes on diversity in the publishing industry.
About Blog -Mary Carroll Moore shares weekly tips and techniques on how to structure, create, write and sell your first manuscript — whether it’s a novel, memoir or nonfiction book. She also offers writing classes to help writers hone their craft and navigate the publishing process.
#85: Indies Unlimited
About Blog -Created to help independent authors write, publish and promote their work, Indies Unlimited is run by a team of writers and publishing industry professionals. With a nearly overwhelming number of posts, tutorials, lists of low-cost books and writing prompts, there’s lots for writers to explore.
#86: Lisa Romeo Writes
About Blog -Lisa Romeo writes candidly about what it means to be a writer, from submissions and editing to getting published and dealing with rejection.
#87: Novel Publicity
About Blog -Regardless of whether you choose traditional or self-publishing, the Novel Publicity team’s blog offers helpful advice on craft, marketing and publishing. With posts offering writing tips, social media strategy, publishing techniques and more, you’re sure to learn something new each time you visit.
#88: Pub(lishing) Crawl
About Blog -Run by a group of authors and publishing industry professionals, this site shares advice on writing craft, publishing and marketing, as well as interviews with authors, illustrators and literary agents. The popular “Question of the Month” series is fun to follow as well.
#89: Steve Scott's Site
About Blog -If you want practical ideas on how to sell your books on Amazon and make a living from your writing, you need to read Steve Scott’s blog. The successful Amazon Kindle publisher offers proven strategies and case studies of his publishing experiments to help other writers learn from his efforts.
#90: Alan Rinzler
About Blog -Alan Rinzler has worked in traditional publishing for more than 40 years. His blog is an in-depth look at how to write an attention-getting book proposal, land a literary agent, market your book and otherwise succeed in traditional publishing.
#91: The Passive Voice
About Blog -Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in self- and indie publishing from the perspective of a lawyer who specializes in these topics. Before diving into the world of being a published author, David Vandagriff (aka Passive Guy) will help you arm yourself with the information you’ll need to succeed.
#92: The Review Review
About Blog -If you’re interested in literary magazines, check out The Review Review. It assists writers to better target their submissions to literary magazines by interviewing representatives and analyzing past issues of various publications. The site also offers a classifieds section of magazines looking for submissions.
#93: Warner Coaching
Blog address - http://warnercoaching.com/
About Blog -Brooke Warner, a publisher and author, is dedicated to demystifying the business of book publishing. She works to give writers the confidence and information they need to publish well and self-promote with confidence.
#94: Fantasy Faction
About Blog -Fantasy Faction’s discussion forums are invaluable for inspiration and discussion of every aspect of good fantasy writing. They also feature interviews and industry news for fantasy fans.
About Blog -Kboards is a site devoted to all things Kindle and has become a powerhouse community for Kindle authors and publishers. This all-inclusive site will keep you updated on the latest Amazon Kindle news, KDP changes and how you can make a living selling ebooks.
#96: She Writes
About Blog -Founded by author Kamy Wicoff, She Writes is a community for people who write — yes, men are welcome! With more than 20,000 active members from around the world, you’re bound to find interesting discussions of writing craft, marketing strategies, publishing advice and more.
About Blog -Wattpad is a community of more than 35 million users writing, reading and sharing stories — all for free. Want to share a short story that’s tangential to your novel? Or tempt readers with an excerpt from your upcoming book? This might be the platform for you..
#98: Writer's Carnival
About Blog -Writer’s Carnival draws many novelists wanting to receive useful critiques through prompts and challenges. Explore poetry, flash fiction, short stories and writing contests in this community for writers.
#99: Kidlit TV
About Blog -We are a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Our mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
About Blog -Shares useful tips for writers and educators.
I hope you find the top writing blogs list useful. If you think i've missed any blog worth adding to the list above, please do not hesitate to recommend them in the comments below.